They’ve been described as the “bastard son of bluegrass and the wayward daughter of country.”
Regardless of how you want to pigeonhole Woolgoolga-based eight-piece Then Jolene, there’s no denying they know how to put on one hell of a show – a fact this writer saw in spades during their tubthumpingly brilliant set al last year’s Gumball festival.
Well, hang on to your hats because the band is making its way back to our neck of the woods this weekend.
Yep, Then Jolene will be hitting the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday 14 November as part of a showcase of acts – The Ride Ons, Ezekiel Ox, Ryan Daley, and Phoenix Pritchard, booked by local agency Big Apachee.
Check out Then Jolene’s 3 Rivers below
This is great news for the band who, prior to COVID, were ferrying up and down the Pacific Highway at a prolific speed.
In fact, you could argue that 2019 was a bit of a landmark year for the band, that, armed with a quality crop of tuned from their self0-titled 2016 debut, pricked up more than its fair share of ears at the likes of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Winterfest and the Wingham Akoostik Festival.
And great news for our ears is that Then Jolene will be launching their brand new track 3 Rivers on the night and, spoiler alert, it’s an absolute cracker.
The track, a first taste from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album The Putdown, is a blisteringly driving number that bluegrass, alt-country hillbilly, and rock into a completely addictive whole.
Think the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, or even a Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac mucking about in the studio with the musical vibes of the Antebellum South.
And all of this is underpinned by some whip-smart musicianship some sparkling production from Peter Dyball (Kasey Chambers).
“This whole COVID thing threw us all for a bit of a whammy. We had an album sitting there ready to go and we decided to get that out in March next year but we really wanted to put something out in the meantime and 3 Rivers was the first cab off the rank,” guitarist and vocalist Garth Freudenstein told Newcastle Live.
If 3 Rivers is anything to go by, The Putdown will be an absolute doozy, and Garth said the band took a much more steady approach, tracking the album over a two year period.
“We really did take our time with this one, working on one song at a time over two years,” Garth said.
“It was such a great process, especially working with Peter who has such amazing skill behind a desk. Oh, and he’s also the master of the dad joke. Honestly, I reckon he has a black belt.
With the country beginning to open up again, Garth said that the band were champing at the bit to get back out on the road and continue where they left off.
“The last time we played in front of people was at the Tamworth Country Music Festival,” Garth said.
“We did play a gig at the Jetty Theatre- a beautiful 100-year-old theatre in Coffs, but we played to cardboard cutouts, which was a bit strange but we were definitely grateful,” nonetheless.
“We’re just looking forward to seeing some human beings in front of us.”
Catch Then Jolene when they play alongside Ezekiel Ox, Phoenix Pritchard, The Ride Ons and Ryan Daley at The Cambridge on Saturday 14 November. Get your tickets here.